Posts in Big Hits & Dirty Play


Monday, January 30, 2017

The 5 Biggest Hits from round 17 of the Top 14

While the excitement continues to build for the start of the Six Nations, there were some great contests and familiar names delivering powerful hits in France over the weekend. Here is a quick look at the best tackles from round 17 of the Top 14. MORE »

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Mathieu Bastareaud smashes Alex Lozowski with MONSTER hit

Against Saracens this past weekend Mathieu Bastareaud reminded everyone that he's still one of the game's biggest hitters, and that you can indeed still make enormous, legal hits in a rugby union match. His effort is without a doubt one of the biggest of the year so far. MORE »

Thursday, January 19, 2017

#ThrowbackThursday: That time Delon Armitage crushed Nic White

Here is a quick #ThrowbackThursday clip that we haven't posted before, featuring Lyon's Delon Armitage making a crushing tackle on Montpellier's Nic White. The former Toulon fullback timed the challenge perfectly, getting the Wallaby ball and all. MORE »

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Will Skelton carded for slap after theatrical James Davies fall

Saracens pulled off a remarkable Champions Cup draw with the Scarlets despite losing Will Skelton to the sin-bin for a slap on Scarlets back-rower James Davies late in the game. MORE »

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Francois Steyn red carded for attempting to take Johnny Sexton's head off

Montpellier flyhalf Francois Steyn was shown a straight red card for a high tackle he made on Johnny Sexton during last night's European Champions Cup match in Dublin. Referee JP Doyle conferred with touch judge Wayne Barnes and the TMO, with red being the final outcome. MORE »

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Two players singled out in French second division mass brawl

ProD2, the French second division, returned with a bang as Colomiers beat bottom of the table Bourgoin 42-5 in a one sided encounter. With Colomiers leading comfortably late on, an off-the-ball scuffle between a few players quickly escalated into a full-on mass brawl. MORE »

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Barrington cleared while Barritt gets banned after no card

Following a dangerous challenge that resulted in a nasty concussion at the weekend, Saracens duo Richard Barrington and Brad Barritt both faced disciplinary hearings in London last night. In an interesting twist, Barrington was cleared and Barritt was suspended. MORE »

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Courtney Lawes trademark hit demolishes scrumhalf Will Cliff

Courtney Lawes has made another huge tackle on a halfback, this time on Bristol's Will Cliff in their round 13 fixture at the weekend. Unfortunate Cliff got a bloody nose from the hit, and while the officials briefly considered having another look at it, they were satisfied that it was legal. MORE »

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Double tackle KO of Geoff Parling leads to a red card and citings

Exeter Chiefs second rower Geoff Parling was knocked unconscious early on in the draw with Saracens, as both Brad Barritt and Richard Barrington made contact with his head in a high tackle. Both players will appear before a disciplinary hearing this evening. MORE »

Friday, January 06, 2017

Huge hit leads to try in Women's 7s tournament in Slovenia

This crunching tackle comes to us from Slovenia and a Women's 7s tournament match between RAK Olimpija Ljubljana and a visiting team from Bosnia, RK Gladiatori. A restart kick looked uneventful enough, then Kim Habjan flew in and make a very impressive big hit. MORE »

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Tusi Pisi sees red for in the air challenge during breakthrough Bristol win

Bristol finally picked up their first Aviva Premiership win of the season, beating relegation rivals Worcester 28-20, but had to do so with 14-men after Tusi Pisi was sent off. MORE »

Friday, December 16, 2016

Player banned after filthy off the ball tackle on female referee

Without a doubt, one of the uglier incidents we've seen on a rugby field occurred recently in an Italian Serie A match between Valsugana Padova and Rugby Vicenza. A Vicenza player has been banned for 36 months for this dangerous, blind-side tackle on a female referee. MORE »

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Dylan Hartley facing another large ban after knocking out Sean O'Brien

Dylan Hartley faces yet another disciplinary sanction following his latest red card, for knocking out Leinster's Sean O'Brien with a swinging arm. Hartley could see himself banned for a large portion of the Six Nations, and might put his Lions tour in jeopardy. MORE »

Friday, December 09, 2016

Three big bumps in latest edition of Smashed Em Bro!

Smashed em Bro in New Zealand have put together three big bumps from the last week in rugby, featuring two from the Dubai 7s and one from England's win over Australia at Twickenham. MORE »

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Argentina prop gets heavy ban after stamping on Joe Marler's face

Another suspension was announced today as Argentina prop Enrique Pieretto has been handed a 7-week ban after he was red carded for stamping on the face of England prop Joe Marler at Twickenham last weekend. Marler was shown yellow for holding him. MORE »

Thursday, December 01, 2016

USA Women's winger Naya Tapper banned for alleged kick

USA ladies winger Naya Tapper has been suspended from the entire Dubai Sevens Tournament following a bizarre incident that took place during the Test against France last weekend. In seconds, Tapper somehow ended up taking out two French players. MORE »

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Kieran Brookes and Calum Green both suspended following breakdown altercations

Kieran Brookes of Northampton Saints and Calum Green of Newcastle Falcons have both appeared before an RFU Disciplinary panel for offences stemming from their Aviva Premiership match over the weekend. MORE »

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dean Mumm cleared of further punishment after 'lifting tackle' citing

Wallabies forward Dean Mumm appeared before an independent disciplinary committee in London today, charged with committing a dangerous lifting tackle during the 27-24 loss to Ireland in Dublin. Mumm was cited for contravening Law 10.4(j). MORE »

Monday, November 28, 2016

Elliot Daly suspended for 3 weeks after red card for dangerous challenge

England winger Elliot Daly appeared in front of an independant World Rugby Disciplinary Committee in London today after he was red carded for tackling an opponent in the air during England's Autumn International against Argentina on Saturday. MORE »

Friday, November 25, 2016

Flashback to Tedo Zibzibadze's smashing tackle on Max Evans in 2011

Scotland face Georgia this Saturday at Rugby Park in Kilmarnock in the third and final Autumn International. The two sides have met just the once, in the 2011 World Cup, with the Scots edging a tight encounter 15-6. MORE »

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